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Trepidation is the second single (the first was "Greetings From the Island of Guitars") from the upcoming 2022 Rich Mattson and the Northstars release OUT THERE, on Poor L'amour Records. The full length vinyl LP is expected to be delivered in mid-to-late November.

The jangly, mid-tempo rock of "Trepidation" features the close harmonies of Mattson and his partner Germaine Gemberling and a crushing chorus dripping in a helpless kind of sarcasm that basically defines the song's title..Webster's dictionary or otherwise.

Rich Mattson explains the lyrics as "An anxiety attack." One gets the feeling he's experienced such a thing. And he "Don't like it."


It was early in the winter of COVID
And I came inside after a smoke
And the news was on the television
But I couldn’t make out what was spoke
I had to focus what I was breathing
I had to settle back into the chair
I had to figure out what I was feeling
But my mind it wasn’t really there

Trepidation - fear and restlessness
Trepidation - tension and distress

If I start to see flashing colors
And I start crushing things in my hands
I’m just dealing with a situation
That is hard for you to understand

I don’t like it, I don’t like it

Just hold my hand, baby come hold me
Don’t say nothing at all
Tell me, “Take your time”
Tell me, “It’s ok”
Take a walk with me
Let’s go outside

Trepidation - make it go away
Trepidation - nothing anyone can do or say
Trepidation - shivers up my spine
Trepidation - I’m gonna lose my mind!


released June 10, 2022
Germaine Gemberling - vocal
Kyle Westrick - bass
Keely Lane - drums
Dan Anderson - keys
Rich Mattson - vocal and guitar

Music and lyrics by Rich Mattson ©2022 Esper Music (ASCAP)
Photo by Dave Biljan
Recorded at Sparta Sound, Hot Dish, and Blue Plate Special studios in Minnesota.
Mixed By RM
Mastering by Tom Garneau, AudioActive


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